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Old 08-11-11, 01:40 AM   #326
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After attacking the low branches on SW Jenkins (at SW Hocken), I went after the bushes on SW Hall. I'd compained for years about the encroaching brush on the south side of the bridge crossing Beaverton Creek.



Two hours later, I had a popped blister, some sunburn, several scratches, a flat tire, and a "talk" with one of Beaverton's finest because someone reported a guy swinging a knife at the brush (I was using a saw, not a knife).


What's nuts is that he stopped me while I was sweeping up the mess, and instructed me to leave it unfinished.



Remember Kiddies... "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished".

Oh, an I also found a fire hydrant that had been hidden since I moved to Beaverton (11 years ago).


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Tuesday was my second training session with Cary Police, teaching my "Bicyclist Safety and Law Enforcement" class. They were very enthusiastic; we had interesting discussions about crash investigations involving sidewalk cyclists (they have a lot of those crashes here) and the meaning of shared use markings. That's two classes (and 50 officers) done, two more classes to go this month.
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The other day I was talking to a woman who was struck while riding her bike by another cyclist on the Tigard side of the Fanno Creek Trail, just south of the Scholls Ferry Rd. underpass. Her crash resulted in a broken arm. Less than a week later, I nearly collided with another cyclist.

I was riding south on the FCT when I passed a pedestrian on the Tigard side of the underpass. Just then I found myself heading straight for another oncoming cyclist. We managed to avoid colliding.

I realized that the vegitation on the curve was preventing line of sight for trail users. I called it into Tigard's Parks Dept. and they rapidly responded by pruning the area.



In THPRD's segment, there is a curve (near the area where they have the concerts in park) that had a hole that's bothered me for some time. It was formed by a park vehicle's tire going off the trail during wet weather and was several inches lower than the trail segment. I've worried about a bike cutting that corner some night and crashing because of it.


Last week, I found myself riding SB on the trail, and encountered a ped who was NB. She saw me, and stepped aside, but I slowed to allow a bike that was behind her to pass before I did. She was startled by the other cyclist's "On your left", and stepped off the trail, rolling her ankle in the hole. I called it in, and the next day showed it to Park's staff.



This week, I found the hole had been filled.



Thanks Tigard/THPRD!
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Old 08-19-11, 01:44 PM   #330
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I didn't do a damn thing today except argue, find fault, and diminish the efforts of those people who are actually doing positive things.

Then I started reading Atlas Shrugged.

Seriously, K'Tesh, you are an inspiration and example for all of us.
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Inspired by K'Tesh, I contacted the City of Glendora and Los Angeles County to have graffiti removed from the retaining wall on Glendora Mountain Road, 4 miles north of Big Dalton Canyon road -- my not having a cross-street nor an address for a retaining wall was somewhat annoying to the dispatcher.
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I didn't do a damn thing today except argue, find fault, and diminish the efforts of those people who are actually doing positive things.

Then I started reading Atlas Shrugged.

Seriously, K'Tesh, you are an inspiration and example for all of us.
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Inspired by K'Tesh, I contacted the City of Glendora and Los Angeles County to have graffiti removed from the retaining wall on Glendora Mountain Road, 4 miles north of Big Dalton Canyon road -- my not having a cross-street nor an address for a retaining wall was somewhat annoying to the dispatcher.
Thanks for the kind words, and for getting out there and doing something.

Rubberside Down!
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Scheduled graffiti abatement on Glendora Mountain Road -- we'll see if it happens!
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A driver early took me off my bike with a left hook on my way into work. Closest I've ever come without actually getting hit.

When I got into work, I ran her reg then went and visited her and gave her some friendly advice. She apologised and promised to be more aware of cyclists in the future.
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Hurricane Irene knocked a tree down, and I did my best to clean up, armed only with a small hand saw and a pair of lopping shears:


Corner of Landing Road and Carpenter Ave, in Glen Cove , Long Island. The pile on the right is the cut branhes, I stacked them there. The main branch of the tree was like 12 inches in diameter, and I could not cut it, in fact, I was afraid that it would drop if I did any more cutting. I used an old Suzuki fairing as a road cone, but the batteries went dead.
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I've been spending a lot of time in Tigard recently. As such, I've been encountering Mike McCarthy a lot.

In the past I complained about problems with the abrupt end of the bike lane on the EB lane of SW Durham Road, just before the SW Hall/SW 85th intersection. Motorists were crowding me, and although I saw that there was a narrowing of the road there, I could clearly see that there was enough space for a reduced width bike lane, that would rapidly expand to the standard width past a tree that the city protected.



A few weeks ago, I ran into Mike, and he was marking out the bike lane. While I had his attention, I pointed out the sunken storm drain catchbasin (or Black Hole Catchbasin as I call them) that was right there too. I explained the problems that cyclists have with them (especially at night or in bad weather). He decided to try marking some of them.



Yesterday, I noticed that the bike lane was installed, and so were some of the grate markings.



Mike also told me that Tigard is raising catchbasins in areas where they are repaving to prevent "Black Holes".

Thanks Mike, Thanks Tigard!
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Hurricane Irene knocked a tree down, and I did my best to clean up, armed only with a small hand saw and a pair of lopping shears

Nice Job!

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A little before and after action...





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I've been working on this pothole.

I tried filling it with a half bag of "Thin Set Mortar", but I don't know if the stuff will hold, or stand up, for very long.
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Tuesday was my second training session with Cary Police, teaching my "Bicyclist Safety and Law Enforcement" class. They were very enthusiastic; we had interesting discussions about crash investigations involving sidewalk cyclists (they have a lot of those crashes here) and the meaning of shared use markings. That's two classes (and 50 officers) done, two more classes to go this month.
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A thought occurred to me(and it may have been mentioned in the past but I just can't find it).

I have been curious about all the 'pruning and shearing' everyone else does on public land. Bike paths and/or bike lanes are on public property owned by the town/city/county in their area. While it is being a 'good samaritan' to clear, what the local government would have to schedule a road crew to do. Are we potentially setting ourselves up to be arrested, if we go beyond just simply removing a movable obstruction from the bike path?(thinking, not sarcasm)

I am not frowning on the many advocacy things that have been done in regards to foliage overgrowth.

My curiosity stems from a situation in my city that is problematic.

While it is one thing that bikes are not allowed on sidewalks in the city(circa 1957), there is an asphalt path for a sidewalk, next to the southbound lane within the city limits that I will get on to get up a big hill. Part of the way up that hill, there is a bunch of tall bushes along along the path and one of the bushes has not be pruned in quite some time. The overgrowth from the bush is so far over the path, that I have to get off my bike just to get by it.
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I have been curious about all the 'pruning and shearing' everyone else does on public land. Bike paths and/or bike lanes are on public property owned by the town/city/county in their area. While it is being a 'good samaritan' to clear, what the local government would have to schedule a road crew to do. Are we potentially setting ourselves up to be arrested, if we go beyond just simply removing a movable obstruction from the bike path?(thinking, not sarcasm)

I am not frowning on the many advocacy things that have been done in regards to foliage overgrowth.

My curiosity stems from a situation in my city that is problematic.

While it is one thing that bikes are not allowed on sidewalks in the city(circa 1957), there is an asphalt path for a sidewalk, next to the southbound lane within the city limits that I will get on to get up a big hill. Part of the way up that hill, there is a bunch of tall bushes along along the path and one of the bushes has not be pruned in quite some time. The overgrowth from the bush is so far over the path, that I have to get off my bike just to get by it.
I've have been stopped by a couple of police officers over the years while I've been pruning, but after seeing that I'm not carving my name into the tree, or madly hacking up the tree in a manner that would cause the tree to die, I've been let go without so much as a verbal warning. That said, when I was swinging a saw "wildly" at brush last month, I was told to leave. By then however, I was, literally, sweeping up the mess.



If you are not comfortable clearing the obstacle yourself w/o a blessing, then by all means ask the property owner (if you can find them), or file a complaint w/your local authority.

Some things to remember when filing complaints, remember to not just say that they are in the way, state how they are affecting you or others in a manner that is hazardous. Such as this branch I dealt with a few days ago...



It was clearly broken, it was hanging too low over the roadway, it could have fallen on someone walking on the sidewalk, or caused a car to crash if it were to have fallen suddenly while someone was driving past it. I took the pictures after contacting the authorities, then decided to try to bring it down on my own if I could.



I was able to pull it down without having it fall on me, then I pulled it out of the roadway.

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Oh, an I also found a fire hydrant that had been hidden since I moved to Beaverton (11 years ago).
In these cases call the local fire chief; they can get immediate action.
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I've have been stopped by a couple of police officers over the years while I've been pruning, but after seeing that I'm not carving my name into the tree, or madly hacking up the tree in a manner that would cause the tree to die, I've been let go without so much as a verbal warning. That said, when I was swinging a saw "wildly" at brush last month, I was told to leave. By then however, I was, literally, sweeping up the mess.



If you are not comfortable clearing the obstacle yourself w/o a blessing, then by all means ask the property owner (if you can find them), or file a complaint w/your local authority.

Some things to remember when filing complaints, remember to not just say that they are in the way, state how they are affecting you or others in a manner that is hazardous. Such as this branch I dealt with a few days ago...



It was clearly broken, it was hanging too low over the roadway, it could have fallen on someone walking on the sidewalk, or caused a car to crash if it were to have fallen suddenly while someone was driving past it. I took the pictures after contacting the authorities, then decided to try to bring it down on my own if I could.



I was able to pull it down without having it fall on me, then I pulled it out of the roadway.
I am not saying I would not do that. Because I have even done it myself.

The only reason the thought occurred to me, was because of a road I regularly travel on when I go south towards DC. The road had a crack that went all the way across the road. I obviously couldn't put asphalt filler in the crack, I did pester the local city public works department for several months, before they did it.

There is even a patch of shrubbery, on a bike/ped path a couple miles north of my house, that needs to be trimmed. I have been pestering the city about it because, I am not comfortable with the idea of carrying pruning shears on my back, to take care of it myself.

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Today I emailed my small town's city planner and inquired about a bike rack at the local supermarket. Then I emailed the supermarket and received a phone call from the store's higher up in Brookings that he would look into that. Bike rack should be in place in about a week.
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A few months ago, I reported a couple problematic intersections to Denver 3-1-1. These are two intersections I ride through very frequently in which the bike lane is sandwiched between two right turn lanes. I got notice today that they fixed one and are getting ready to fix the other.

Here is the one that hasn't been fixed yet:



Here is the one that they have fixed:



The small font below the sign says "NO DOBULE TURNS"

What is also interesting is the addition to both of these intersections of the sign that says "Turning vehicles yield to pedestrians"...
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A few months ago, I reported a couple problematic intersections to Denver 3-1-1. These are two intersections I ride through very frequently in which the bike lane is sandwiched between two right turn lanes. I got notice today that they fixed one and are getting ready to fix the other.

Here is the one that hasn't been fixed yet:



Here is the one that they have fixed:



The small font below the sign says "NO DOBULE TURNS"

What is also interesting is the addition to both of these intersections of the sign that says "Turning vehicles yield to pedestrians"...
Nice Work!
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I used my car to shield a road cyclist from an SUV trying to squeeze them out.
Funny I do the same thing with my big truck. If I see bikers entering a dangerous road area I'll run interference for them or force traffic to hold behind me if it makes road sense.

That said, one of the most dangerous practices I've seen is when one driver gives up a right of way to a biker, and the biker takes it...but other drivers aren't playing the same game. The biker ends up hanging it out in the dead zone.
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Sent this off to various agencies, members of the press, and bike injury attorneys...

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Back in Feb, I was riding on the Hwy 26 MUP between Portland and Beaverton, when I noticed that the Worst Day of the Year Ride's route had been marked along my commute route. However, no effort was made to identify three hazardous street lamp bases that jut into the MUP. It seems that whenever I ride through there, it's inevitable that someone will be walking, or cycling against me, so I need to keep to the right as I'm cruising downhill. It got me thinking...
2000 riders, going past these things 2 or 3 abreast, and we've got an accident waiting to happen.



I brought this to ODOT, but they didn't do anything. I also informed the ride's planners, and they could only temporarily mark the street lamps. Not long afterwards, the markings were taken down, or wore off. So, back in June, I applied some reflective tape to the lampposts, and I tried painting the bases with pavement marking paint (I also superglued some reflectors to it, but they aren't holding up).



The paint faded...



So, I obtained some self-adhesive, foil backed, reflective lane marking tape...



I used up all that I had (only was able to do two of the three, but I got the worst of them).

Let's see how it holds up. My next idea is to use some of the reflective glass microbeads that I have scooped up over the years, mix it with some AB Urethane casting material and pigment, and pour that over the things if ODOT doesn't do something soon.

Can we get a permanent solution to this installed? Perhaps something like this?



It's a 4" wide thermoplastic stripe that warns cyclists of the hazard ahead.

Replies are welcomed.

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